Sara’s Story

Navigating a complex system.

Sara has been brave and persistent in trying to access support that is right for her; after experiencing homelessness, domestic abuse and mental ill health over many years. 

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Keeping Everyone In

The response to homelessness and COVID-19 in Nottingham City.

A film about the response to the government-led Everyone In initiative in Nottingham City; ensuring rough sleepers had a safe place to stay at the height of the pandemic.

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Trevor's Story

A journey from offending to prison to recovery.

Trevor was in and out of prison for over 40 years. This film tells his story; in his own words.

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Mental Health Services; Barriers & Success

The View from Nottingham City.

What works and what doesn't in mental health services? We asked our Beneficiaries and the professionals who support them.

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Stop The Stigma

Stop the Stigma. See The Person. Show Support.

In this short film, Opportunity Nottingham Expert Citizens talk openly and candidly about their experiences of stigma.

They consider the negativity stigma can create, and the damage it can do.

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Addressing Stigma

A Notts TV Short Film.

Two Opportunity Nottingham Expert Citizens talk about the impact of stigma. This is a challenge they experience every day, and it can have a significant impact on their recovery.

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#seethefullpicture

Join in the conversation!

Find out what happened on the first ever Multiple Disadvantage Day on 03.07.19. Join in the conversation and #seethefullpicutre. 

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Final Event - Save the Date!

Our final event will take place on Thursday 9th June 2022. It will be a full day event (starting at 10am), held at Nottingham Trent University Clifton Campus (NG11 8NS).  Keynote Speakers and Workshop Facilitators will be announced soon, and the event booking link will go live in mid-February (look out for the link here or on our Twitter feed). The agenda will include; an overview of key learnings from eight-years...

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Opportunity Nottingham releases 'Covid-19 Impact' research

Opportunity Nottingham has released a new research report. The report is about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Opportunity Nottingham Beneficiaries, Expert Citizens and staff. The information was gathered during April and May from interviews with 14 Opportunity Nottingham front facing staff, using a fixed set of questions. A fifteenth...

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Support During Covid-19

We are currently in an unprecedented situation, as plans to stop the spread of Coronavirus result in the closing of key services and organisations. During this time, the people we support will be significantly impacted by such closures. Their mental wellbeing, health, and safety remains a key priority, and we are working hard to ensure they still receive the support they need. However, due to the restrictions now in place, Opportunity Nottingham is unable to deliver the usual level of support, including face-to-face and group meetings....

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Supporting beneficiaries through Covid-19 - Stuart's Story

Stuart is a Personal Development Coordinator at Opportunity Nottingham. He has been reflecting on supporting beneficiaries during the COVID-19 lockdown: "I find myself looking out of the kitchen window, pleased with all of the gardening I have done! But... it doesn't take me long to start thinking about how I can better support the beneficiaries...

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#YouAreNotAlone - Staying at home through Domestic Abuse

#YouAreNotAlone Measures announced over recent weeks to tackle coronavirus (COVID-19) have drastically altered people's day-to-day lives. Whilst it is essential that the vast majority of people do stay home in order to protect the NHS and save lives, this order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel...

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Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) - Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Thank you to Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) for the following article on their response to the coronavirus pandemic and how they are contributing to support those who experience multiple disadvantage: "There is no doubt that those who experience multiple disadvantage are likely to be more significantly impacted by the current...

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New Nottingham Mental Health 24/7 Helplines

Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust has launched a local mental health crisis helpline which is open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week.    The helpline number is 0300 303 0165 and is for anyone in crisis at anytime, anywhere across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.   Local numbers:    Nottingham City - 0300 300 0065 South Nottinghamshire (Broxtowe, Gedling, Rushcliffe, Hucknall area) - 0300 123...

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Domestic Abuse Support through Covid-19

Domestic abuse cases have risen during the COVID-19 outbreak, putting many people in incredibly dangerous and making it increasingly challenging to support them. Fulfilling Lives Islington & Camden joined forces with St Mungos, Standing Together and Homeless Link to create a guide to domestic abuse.  Download the COVID-19 domestic abuse & sexual violence guidance for homelessness settings here.   

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System Change & Covid-19

Opportunity Nottingham continues to work with System Change in mind, despite the challenges caused by the Coronavirus. Due to the restrictions now in place, Opportunity Nottingham is unable to deliver the usual level of support, including face-to-face and group meetings. The team is working in alternative ways to ensure regular contact with beneficiaries, including increased 1-2-1 phone contact, and intensive advice and guidance. Opportunity Nottingham's System Change Lead, Hayley, said: "Due to the impact this virus has,...

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Sustaining Mental Health during the Pandemic

Opportunity Nottingham Clinical Psychologist, Anna Tickle, has highlighted a resource drawn together by a group of Trainee Psychologists from University College (London).    The 'Coping with Coronavirus' website contains a wide range of psychologically informed self-help guides, and other resources, to support people with their mental health during the pandemic.   A Facebook group has been set up for...

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Webinar: Multiple Disadvantage, Domestic Abuse & Covid-19

The Practice Development Unit and Equation are pleased to present a webinar briefing on "Working with survivors of domestic abuse experiencing multiple disadvantage". Delivered by Equation and funded by the Postcode Lottery, this free webinar will explore the relationships between domestic abuse and multiple disadvantage, which in this context...

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Opportunity Nottingham joins Revolving Doors' Coalition

  At the beginning of April, *Revolving Doors wrote to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Chief Justice and Chair of the Sentencing Council to ask that they make a clear statement that Magistrates and Crown Courts in England and Wales prioritise community and suspended sentences ahead of short custodial sentences of 6 months or less for all...

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Coronavirus Act 2020 – Temporary changes to the Mental Health Act

The Coronavirus Act 2020 has been introduced by the government to put legislation in place to help in dealing with demands caused by the outbreak of the coronavirus. This emergency legislation means that some temporary changes have been made to the Mental Health Act due to concerns that Covid-19 will reduce the number of mental health professionals...

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A Trauma-informed Approach to COVID-19

Dr.Ray Middleton is the Workforce Development Lead for Fulfilling Lives Newcastle & Gateshead. In response to the current Coronavirus pandemic, he has penned a blog, and also created a short film with top tips on taking a trauma-informed approach to care at this time. Within the blog, Dr. Ray Middleton, identifies that the Coronavirus pandemic is a traumatic event that poses a psychological and physical threat to us all, but will...

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Meet our Education, Training, Employment & Life Skills Worker…

I have been in post for 4 months now and have such a long job title I have had difficulty narrowing down the role! I have spent my time turning up for Allocations and bothering everyone at Friar Lane, to get to know them and their beneficiaries. Thank you guys for being so helpful. Following that I have met 10 beneficiaries with their respective...

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Brain Injury & Multiple Disadvantage

A blog by Anna Tickle, Clinical Psychologist: Take a moment to appreciate your brain. That 3.3lbs of matter and those billions of neurons allow you to do a lot of things without even being consciously aware. It is normal to take your brain for granted and often only when something goes wrong do we realise just how amazing brains are. Brain injury results from a lack of oxygen and / or blood to the brain. It can be caused before birth,...

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Trapped in the "hamster wheel of homelessness"

I'd had a difficult time for quite a few years which ended up with a short period in prison. I knew I would be homeless when I came out, but I didn't get any help. The screws were all too busy dealing with the day to day business of the prison to help with accommodation. So, on release I spent 17 weeks on the street. At this time, I had no...

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Homeless: more than a third of people leaving prison say they have nowhere to go

A report on homelessness and prison by Graham Bowpitt (Associate Professor in Social Policy, Nottingham Trent University).  Imagine for a moment you're being released from prison after a 12-month sentence for theft. You're clean, off drugs, it's been tough, but you're looking forward to starting a new life. You leave prison...

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House of Lords Visit

Opportunity Nottingham Beneficiary Ambassador Rob Eagle, along with some of our Expert Citizens recently contributed to a report titled People Powered Recovery. The report was written based on research by Turning Point; and the call for evidence came from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Complex Needs & Dual Diagnosis. Rob was invited to the launch of the report... As I approached the Palace of Westminster I felt mixed emotions. I was intrigued to soak up some history, and to witness the report launch taking...

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A Beneficiary Journey

Prior to experiencing multiple needs, Ben* had a full-time job and supported his family. A very traumatic event in his past has been identified as one of the key triggers for his journey towards multiple needs. Ben was referred to the Opportunity Nottingham Project in late summer 2016. The referral was made by Framework Housing Association's Street Outreach Team in Nottingham City. Ben had been rough sleeping for over two years, with the exception of short periods of time in the winter months where...

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The Outcome of Support

Amy* joined the Opportunity Nottingham project in 2016. As part of the process when a Beneficiary joins the project, a NDT Assessment (Risk Index Score) is completed. A score over 30 is deemed very chaotic, and Amy's assessment resulted in a score of 32. However, after just six months of being a Beneficiary on the Opportunity Nottingham project, Amy's Risk Index Score has reduced to 7. In order to achieve this, an Opportunity Nottingham Personal Development Coordinator has worked very closely with Amy, providing intensive and...

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